Author Archives: Kars

Playing with Rules workshop at Lift Conference Geneva 2014

We ran our “Playing with Rules” workshop at Lift Conference in Geneva earlier this year. We’d hosted it once before at Mozilla Festival and before that it was part of our consulting repertoire as an exercise for clients. Above is a video of the outcomes we had this time around. In the weeknotes I link […]

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Week 239

This week, like most recent ones before it, was mostly about AJI. We wrapped up a sprint focused on getting the website in shape, reviewed it and planned a new one. The next sprint is all about “fixing broken windows”. We also decided to start thinking about the story we would tell around the service. […]

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Week 237

On Monday I got several visits from friends, family and colleagues, all curious about my new workspace. It was enjoyable—we even played some Animal Upon Animal with Eelco’s kids—but not conducive to much productivity. I mainly did financial and administrative tasks. Alper, meanwhile, returned from a much-deserved long weekend relaxing (and drinking coffee) in Oslo. […]

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Week 235

On Monday I set up my things in the new studio at Vechtclub XL. They had been kept in holding since the move out of Dutch Game Garden two weeks ago. With some help from the kind folk running the space I was up and running around midday. After a short period of working from […]

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Announcing Deterding, Dormans and Keller as first Hubbub associates

Today I am very pleased to announce we have been joined by three brilliant gentlemen: Sebastian Deterding, Joris Dormans and Ianus Keller have joined Hubbub as associates. They are immediately available for consulting and will also help us guide the company in the future. Each of these associates is an expert in their field and […]

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Week 233

This week was all about Lift 14. Alper and I traveled to Geneva on Tuesday. We prepped our workshop at a local coworking spot and later at our apartment. The next morning, we ran Playing with Rules. We followed roughly the same format as at Mozilla Festival last year, slightly adjusted based on feedback from […]

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A Free-to-Play World, our brief for IED students at the RCA

A while ago, we were invited by John Fass to come up with a play-focused brief for students of the Information Experience Design programme at the RCA. De-Computation is a theme running through a lot of the work there, so we though it would be it would be interesting to ask the students to deconstruct […]

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The Gameful City, a preview of my chapter for The Gameful World

This year, MIT Press will publish The Gameful World, a book edited by Steffen P. Walz and Sebastian Deterding to which I’ve contributed a chapter. The book will cover approaches in gameful and playful design, how it can be applied to a range of fields and its common issues. For example, Ian Bogost will expand […]

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Week 229

This was was the first full workweek of the year, which meant it was time to review our work of 2013 and set goals for 2014. To this end, Alper traveled to Utrecht and on Monday we sat down and strategised. We’re still using Google’s OKR method, which continues to be a useful and relatively […]

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Week 226

These will be the final weeknotes for 2013. We’re putting the studio in stationary until January 6. The last proper workweek was a mean one though, let me tell you… On Monday, I was frantically sketching out scenarios for CHUTORO while Alper wrote up each concept. He did the same for KAZUNOKO. Alper has a particular […]

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